Didgeridoo 175, Sycamore in D# .
Quite simply one of the best didgeridoos I have made both acoustically and visually.
Very easy and versatile to play, this didge is pitched at D#, with a C# first and G# second overtone. A comfortable 28mm mouthpiece and narrow bore means you can really go to town whether playing percussive rhythms, meditation, tooting, or more traditional styles. The bore gradually widens over its 198.5cm length to a bell 12.5x13cm in diameter, producing a lovely bass texture to the sound and decent volume. This makes it sound especially good when lowering/bending the pitch. Although quite a long didgeridoo, its weighs in at 3.2kg so is not too heavy for carrying, or holding while playing. Whenever I pick this up to play I always seem to end up playing for longer than planned!
This piece of sycamore has lovely graining throughout its length and I have made a feature of the bell using the natural shape of the wood and a knot that just shouted at me that it deserved to be made into a focal point of the instrument. The grain is truly wonderful and I fear the photos do not do it justice.
Gathered near Arundel, West Sussex, on the South Downs, this sycamore didgeridoo has been sealed and finished with a combination of Tung oil, Danish oil and wax. The bore has been coated with several layers of Tung Oil to help protect, preserve and enhance the wood and maintain a clear sound. The exterior has been coated with several layers of Danish Oil then topped with wax giving a soft finish to touch and visually as well as enhancing the grain.